New safety measures could be installed on the set of Dancing With The Stars after Ryan Lochte was nearly attacked during Monday’s live premiere.
Two men wearing anti-Lochte T-shirts – identified by Los Angeles policeas Sam Satoodeh, 59, and Barzeen Soroundi, 25 – rushed the stage after the Olympic gold medalist swimmer’s performance. According to the Associated Press, the men were arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing and held on $1,000 bail apiece.
“The safety and security of our cast, crew and studio audience is of utmost importance,” a BBC Worldwide Productions spokesperson said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports. “A full evaluation of security procedures/protocols is taking place and we will make any changes deemed necessary.”
Longtime series host Tom Bergeron said Tuesday on Good Morning America that the incident was “really unnerving.”
“I think they proved they weren’t VIP seats,” he said. “They were just part of our typical audience. They went through the screening process like anybody else. And I think they had dressed appropriately for the show and then tore those away to reveal those T-shirts.
" ... I heard the audience members saying they didn’t know what to do because they thought it was part of the show. There are always skeptics about everything … but look, it wasn’t a bit."
Here’s video of whatever just happened to Ryan Lochte on #DWTS pic.twitter.com/x8GAfa7aeT
— Brandon Wall (@Walldo) September 13, 2016
A video that aired on Good Morning America showed at least four other men wearing anti-Lochte T-shirts.
Lochte, who clearly was shaken by the incident, said he was emotionally a “little hurt.”
“I came out here and wanted to do something I am completely not comfortable with,” he said. “I came out there with a big smile and have the best fan support here.”
Lochte is attempting to repair his image after embellishing a story that he and three USA Swimming teammates were robbed at gunpoint during the Olympic Games in Rio. He’s currently serving a 10-month suspension handed down by USA Swimming and also lost a number of endorsement deals.